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Department of Developmental Biology

Washington University Centers

The campuses of Washington University in St. Louis foster a supportive environment for centers and institutes that support all aspects of the learning, teaching and research pursuits of the faculty, staff and students of the institution. This page contains a selective list of centers and institutes organized by schools and departments.

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Below are some of the frequently used centers and institutes.

Center for the Investigation of Membrane Excitability Diseases (CIMED)

Every movement, every thought, and every heartbeat is the response to electrical signals in our tissues. Defects in these electrical signals underlie multiple diseases, including cardiac arrhythmias, epilepsies and other neurological disorders, muscle disorders, as well as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and kidney disorders, involving organs not typically thought of as being electrically excitable.  Reflecting increased awareness of the role of electrical excitability and they myriad of diseases now linked directly to derangements in membrane excitability, CIMED will pull together scientists from different disciplines with a fundamental interest in excitability diseases.  With the unified theme of the Center, CIMED investigators will be uniquely positioned to provide fundamental insights into membrane excitability disease mechanisms, and to the development of novel therapeutics.

Center of Regenerative Medicine

The Center of Regenerative Medicine is a multidisciplinary group of scientists focused on advancing regenerative medicine through excellence in education and collaborate research. The Center strives to facilitate and enhance research in regenerative medicine at the University, as well as to educate the public on the vast potential that regenerative medicine holds of human health.  Ultimately, the Center aims to conduct research grounded in basic biology that will lead to transformations in patient care. 

Diabetes Research Center

The mission of the Washington University School of Medicine (WUMS) Diabetes Research Center (DRC) is to support and enhance research in diabetes and related metabolic diseases through expert Biomedical Research Cores, a vibrant Pilot & Feasibility Program and a dynamic Enrichment Program, all of which address the evolving needs of diabetes investigators.

Hope Center

The mission of the Hope Center is to improve the lives of people living with neurological disorders, through discovery of fundamental mechanisms of neurodegeneration that translate new understanding into cures and treatments.  The Hope Center brings together world-leading scientists and clinician scientists whose expertise spans many different disciplines and diseases. Their common focus is neurodegeneration, which occurs when brain cells ("neurons") and their connections ("synapses") are damaged by disease or injury. These investigators share the conviction that there are common molecular mechanisms of degeneration, and that fundamental discoveries related to one disease can lead to cures and treatments in others.

Siteman Cancer Center

Behind every advance in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment is a history of painstaking research.  The Siteman Cancer Center has expertise in every step of the research process.

Upcoming Events

Feb 27

Thorold Theunissen, PhD

Department of Developmental Biology Seminar Series

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research Lab of Dr. Rudolph…

Mar 1

Mark Valentine (Todd Druley Lab)/ Michael Onken Lab

Development and Regenerative Biology / Cell-Cell Interactions in Cancer Research Forum (Wednesday)

Mar 6

Sabine Werner, PhD

Department of Developmental Biology Seminar Series

Head of Institute of Molecular Health Sciences ETH Zurich 12:00…

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Faculty News

  • Dr. Kelly Monk December Publication

    Adhesion GPCRs as Novel Actors in Neural and Glial Cell Functions: From Synaptogenesis to Myelination. Sigoillot SM, Monk KR, Piao X, Selimi F, Harty BL.…

  • Dr. Shin Imai December Publication

    Long-Term Administration of Nicotinamide Mononucleotide Mitigates Age-Associated Physiological Decline in Mice. Mills KF, Yoshida S, Stein LR, Grozio A, Kubota S, Sasaki Y, Redpath P,…

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